“As far as my influences, I feel that one of the most important comes from my father, who is an automotive painter and who, when I was a child, allowed me to play with the paint gun in his workshop. ” Miguel feels a continuity between those childhood days and his current practice: “Today I use the same process, only in digital form.” The aerial silhouettes that transform into their surrounding environment seem to recall the powerful puffs of air and paint that filled the car workshop of his youth. As for his less technical influences, Miguel leans towards the “nostalgic poetry of Chilean poet Jorge Teillier” and “the psychedelia of Miguel Abuelo”, but he also admits a love of the cheap and cheerful visuals of candy wrappers from the 1960s. 80s and 90s, Japanese animations and toys.
Talking about some of his favorite projects, the illustrator points out his work with Kaleidoscope Books in China and Bubblegum Vol 2, a book edited by Jumbo Press in Barcelona that combines the contributions of illustrators from all over the world. These two projects, according to him, played an important role in his career, allowing him to devote himself full-time to illustration.
This year promises a host of exciting projects for Miguel. He will collaborate with Chilean textile designer Fer Perez, produce an animated series with Argentinian director Teo Palvi and a book with illustrator Lui Mort. Looking forward to 2023, Miguel wants to take a “graphic tour” and take his creative practice to Europe.